Preparation of the Deceased

Key Points

  • A funeral director will obtain your permission before proceeding with the care of the deceased.
  • You can provide clothing for the deceased, and if you wish, assist the staff with the dressing process.
  • If a particular hair style or make up is important, give the funeral director a photograph of the deceased.
  • Embalming is the process of preserving the deceased, and may be required in some circumstances eg more than 14 days delay in holding a service, transportation over long distances and religious and cultural reasons.

Dressing

In the past, men were typically dressed in business attire, such as a suit or coat and tie, and women in semi-formal dresses.  In recent years, a change has occurred and many people are now buried in less formal clothing, such as what they…

Embalming

Embalming is the art and science of preserving human remains by treating them with chemicals to forestall decomposition. The reasons for embalming are varied and include religious and cultural reasons, transportation over long distances of the deceased, a delay in holding a service of…

Body Care

Caring for someone’s needs, does not end with death. There are many questions that must be answered after a loved one has died, and some of those questions revolve around preparation and proper disposal of the deceased. An individual’s death can be just…